Do you get paid for compassionate leave?
As mentioned previously, compassionate leave does not legally have to be offered by companies. For this reason, it does not legally need to be paid.
However, A survey of 1,006 HR professionals and decision-makers, conducted by YouGov for the CIPD, revealed that 75% of employers who allow compassionate leave, also offer pay. This study also found that 80% of employers already provide paid bereavement leave for close family members, even though there is no statutory obligation for them to do so.
Can an employer refuse bereavement leave?
Due to there being no statutory entitlement for bereavement leave, employers can refuse leave, but this is rare. If time has been requested off with enough notice as possible, it will be granted; and in the case it is not, you may take time off under your annual leave or unpaid leave. The only time employers are required to grant compassionate leave is in the case of a parent losing a child under the requirements of the Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Act.